Changes to parking and traffic rules as Town Centre prepares to re-open

Kirklees Council have announced changes to parking bays and how traffic moves around the town centre as part of their plans to support businesses to recover from the recent Covid-19 pandemic.

The Council state that the changes support their ambition to make it easier for people to choose how they travel into Huddersfield Town Centre as well as making it easier for people to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The changes , which come into force on 30th March 2021, will affect eight streets within the Town Centre, creating more space for pedestrians whilst also ensuring those who need to park in the Town Centre are still able to do so.

The changes will see an increase in the number of disabled parking bays, however, this will mean a loss of some existing, on-street pay and display parking bays.The Council added that visitors to the town centre will still have access to ample parking in existing car parks including the use of the recently completed car park on the former sports centre site which  provides an extra 166 extra parking spaces.

David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration said:

“The way we shop and socialise has had to change in response to the pandemic, but this isn’t a bad thing, it’s given us an opportunity to try new things and attract different customers.

We are committed to working in a place-based way and that is why the approach we are taking may differ across Kirklees, with safety coming first in whatever we do. I would urge businesses that are getting ready for re-opening to check out the latest advice on our website and get in contact if they need any additional support.“

Driving Restrictions

Wood Street between St Peter’s Street and Kirkgate

Closed to all traffic 5pm – midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Byram Street

Closed to traffic except for permit holders, disabled drivers, cyclists (all times) and loading/unloading (at certain times). Reversal of the one-way restriction between Church Street and St Peter’s Street.

St Peter’s Street

Reversal of the one-way restriction between John William Street and Lord Street.

Church Street

Closed to all traffic

Parking Restrictions

John William Street

New disabled parking bays

Loss of pay and display parking

More pedestrian space

Cloth Hall Street

Reduced length of existing disabled parking/loading bay

No loading/waiting at any time restrictions

Loss of pay and display parking

More pedestrian space

Wood Street (east side) between St Peter’s Street and Northumberland Street

New loading bay

New disabled parking bay

Wood Street (west side)

No waiting/loading at any time restrictions

Wood Street between Church Street and Kirkgate

Extension to current no waiting/loading at any time restrictions

Shortening of existing loading bay

Byram Street

New loading bay

New disabled parking bays

Loss of pay and display parking bays

St Peter’s Street

New pay and display parking bays as a result of removing sections of current no waiting at any time restrictions

Market Street

Relocation of current disabled parking bay from west to east side of road

Loss of short section of pay and display parking

Queen Street

Loading bay to replace disabled parking bay

The council is using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders to make the changes. These orders allow the council to carry out the work before a period of public consultation begins. The measures will be reviewed during the first six months and the public can make comments on the changes during this time period. 

Anyone who would like to share their thoughts on the changes can email: highways.tro@kirklees.gov.uk.

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